Back to work…

Days till Marathon: 136

You don’t realize how much you’ll miss running until you can’t do it.  It felt so good to run again today after 4 days of not being able to.  Admittedly, I was slightly less happy after the first mile and a half.  I really need to dedicate myself to this program though because I am nowhere near the endurance level that I need to have.  I’m considering going two a days two or three times a week for the next month in order to kick start my program.  I’ve heard that two a days help build endurance without killing your body.  For example, I could not go run 6 miles under any circumstance, but I could certainly go run two 3 milers….or even two 3.5 milers.    I need to make sure that I train hard, but not to the point where I burn myself out mentally and quit.  I need to learn to balance.

On a slight side note, I’ve decided to start cross training and strength training.  Today’s cross training was Pilates…..or yoga on steroids.  I am definitely not in the shape that I used to be.  I have lost both flexibility and strength as seen through tonight Pilates class.  It’s okay though.  It’s a starting point.

In order to stick with this program I need to stop expecting my same fitness level from when I was at my peak.  I need to forgive myself for allowing myself to slip into worse shape because otherwise I will just dishearten myself.  Even if progress is slow, it’s still a step forward.

New discovery of the day: homemade pudding is delicious….especially cookies and cream flavor!  But don’t worry, I ate small portions and used willpower.  Who’d have thunk it!?!

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